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The Brandenburg Choir is renowned for its astonishing vocal blend and technical virtuosity. Established by Artistic Director Paul Dyer AO in 1999 to perform in the first-ever Noel! Noel! Brandenburg Christmas concert, the Choir has become a regular part of the Brandenburg year. The first Noel! Noel! concert combined medieval chant and polyphony as well as carols from around the world in their original settings and languages.
“Music from earlier centuries often requires the sound of the human voice. I wanted to put a group of excellent singers together adding a rich compliment to our period instruments. Our Choir is a ravishing blend of radiant Sydney singers”, says Paul Dyer.
Originally 13 voices, the Choir joined the Orchestra and wowed audiences with truly beautiful renditions of both familiar Christmas favourites and rarely-heard sacred works, with music from the eleventh century to the baroque. It was an instant success combining musical, literary and scholarly performances that thrilled audiences and critics alike.
“The choir and orchestra were at their best, giving an elated performance, deserving of every bit of the foot-stamping, cheering ovation.” SMH
In addition to the annual Noel! Noel! concerts (now in it’s 14th year), the Choir now regularly perform as part of the Brandenburg’s annual subscription season. Bach Cantatas, Handel’s Coronation Anthems, and Mozart’s great Requiem and Coronation Mass are among the best loved performances of the Choir. Their performance of Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day received critical acclaim, with the Sydney Morning Herald declaring: “[The Brandenburg Choir is] one of the finest choruses one could put together in this town.”
The current members of the Brandenburg Choir are all professional singers, many of whom also hold music degrees, but they do not all sing full time. From music teachers to lawyers, business managers to medical doctors and nurses, each member looks forward to the opportunity to perform with the Brandenburg throughout the year.
“The Brandenburg Choir was polished and responsive, powerfully conveying the work’s celebratory magnificence in their full-voiced climaxes sung in unison.” The Australian
You can hear the Brandenburg Choir in our two Christmas recordings, Noel Noel! and A Brandenburg Christmas. These beautiful collections features sublime choral music from around the world and across the ages.
NB. Choristers are listed in alphabetical order.